Sunao Katabuchi

Sunao Katabuchi (片渕須直 born in August, 1960) is a Japanese director of anime, and an instructor at the college of Art of Nihon University.

While studying at Nihon University, Katabuchi participated in the writing team of Sherlock Hound directed by Hayao Miyazaki. After graduating, he joined Telecom Animation Film.

In 1989, Katabuchi joined Studio 4°C and developed Princess Arete, which was released in 2001 and won the Excellent works of the year in Domestic Feature Film Category at Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2002. He joined Madhouse and worked for various animations including Black Lagoon.

In 2016, Katabuchi directed In This Corner of the World which was released on November 12, 2016 in Japan, and planned to be released in fifteen countries including UK, France, Germany, Mexico and US.

Takeshi Koike

Takeshi Koike is a japaneese anime director and screenwriter. He worked for the studios Madhouse. Ge collaborated as animator and character designer for the movie Lupin III - a woman called Fujiko (2012). In 2017 he directed the movie Lupin III: Goemon Ishikawa.

Hajime Katoki


Born in 1963, Hajime Katoki is a designer and illustrator. Among his most notable work are the mecha designs for the series Mobile Suit Gundam and the models and action figures he created in their image. He also works in videogame design for games such as Virtual-On and Super Robot Wars.



Kenji Kamiyama

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1966. A rare example of a background artist shifting to directorial roles, Kamiyama worked as animation director in Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) and wrote the script for Blood: The Last Vampire (2000). International attention arrived with the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002, Excellence Prize winner, Japan Media Arts Festival 2002) and its second season, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig (2004), followed by the feature-length Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2006, Jury Prize, 21st Digital Content Grand Prix). In 2007, Kamiyama directed the high-fantasy TV series Guardian of the Spirit (Jury Recommended Work, 11th Japan Media Arts Festival) followed in 2009 by Eden of the East (2009, Best TV Animation, 14th Animation Kobe).

Films shown at FFF

Takeshi Koike

Takeshi Koike (小池健 Koike Takeshi) ( January 26, 1968) is a Japanese studio animator, illustrator and film director.

Something of a protégée of Yoshiaki Kawajiri, he was also influenced by Yoshinori Kanada, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, and Katsuhito Ishii. He went straight from a high schooleducation to beginning his career at Madhouse as an in-betweener on works directed by Kawajiri after being interviewed by him. His first professional work as director is the title sequence of the 2000 film Party 7; while his first feature film is Redline, which premiered in 2009 and was released in 2010. He served as character designer and animation director for 2012's Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and directed a film continuation called Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone for 2014. Work outside of animation includes the artwork for the 2004 Dreams Come True single "Yasashii Kiss o site".

Uda Kounosuke

Kounosuke Uda was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1966. Uda attended Tokyo Design Academy at Tokyo where he studied animation. Since then he has been working at Toei Animation directing animations including TV series and feature films. Some of Uda’s directed titles are: Sailor Moon (1992), GeGeGe no Kitarô (1996), Young Kindaichi’s Case Book (1997), Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy (1998) and Lovely Complex (2007). He is also known as the director of the TV series One Piece (1999), which he directed for seven years of the 12 years on-air. Uda also directed two titles of One Piece long feature film.

Films shown at FFF